FONT Music To Present Four-Night Event At Abrons Arts Center In January

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From Improvised Communications:

The Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT Music) will present Forward Flight, the third and final event of its 7th annual performance season, from Wednesday, January 13th through Saturday, January 16th at New York’s Abrons Arts Center.

This four-night celebration of the eclecticism of the trumpet in contemporary music, curated by Dave Douglas and Taylor Ho Bynum, will feature events on two stages, including performances by a diverse range of ensembles, three free FONT Music Workshop Series events and an opening night tribute to unheralded veteran trumpet player, Wilmer Wise.

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Cleveland contemporary-music ensemble No Exit ready to introduce itself

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From cleveland.com:

No Exit New Music Ensemble will make its debut with free concerts at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 at Cleveland State University’s Drinko Recital Hall, 2001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Barking Spider Tavern, 11310 Juniper Rd., Cleveland.

Founded by composer Timothy Beyer, the core group comprises pianist Nicholas Underhill, violinist Cara Tweed, violist Tom Bowling and cellist Nick Diodore.

Their inaugural program will include Witold Lutoslawski‘s “Sacher Variation” for cello, the Adagio from Zoltan Kodaly’s Duo for Violin and Cello, works by Underhill and Beyer and new pieces by Al Kovach and James Praznik.

According to Beyer, “Our mission is to promote and perform contemporary concert music with an eye towards the avant-garde. We will have a strong focus on living composers and are particularly interested in championing the music of talented young composers who have not yet received much exposure.”

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Dal Niente to Perform Saariaho, Yim, Broberg, Lindberg

From Dal Niente:

Layers and Threads–Thursday, December 3 – 8:00pm – $10/5
Immanuel Lutheran Church
1500 W Elmdale Dr.
Chicago, IL 60660

Featured composers: Kaija Saariaho, Jay Alan Yim, Kirsten Broberg, Magnus Lindberg
Featured performers: Gareth Davis, clarinet; J. Austin Wulliman, violin

Layers and Threads explores timbre and texture within both traditionally and unconventionally
structured works. Virtuoso Amsterdam-based clarinetist Gareth Davis joins the group for a
performance of Magnus Lindberg’s Ablauf for clarinet and percussion, a wild and untamed work that dances with fast-flowing polyphony in the clarinet. ensemble dal niente’s principal violinist J. Austin Wulliman will be joined by Notre Dame professor Daniel Schlosberg for the American premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s new work for violin and piano, Calices, and the world premiere of founding composer Kirsten Broberg’s Origins involves a mix of ensembles with guest soloist Gareth Davis featured in the final movement. The U.S. premiere of Northwestern University professor Jay Alan Yim’s Songs in Memory of a Circle simultaneously layers three individual sections of the larger work and is coupled with a video installation by Northwestern professor Marlena Novak.

Founded in 2004 ensemble dal niente performs a broad range of 20th- and 21st- century music for enthusiastic audiences across the country. Through concerts, commissions and educational activities, we explore the wealth and diversity of music composed in the past century — from the European avant-garde, to American high modernism, to styles influenced by popular music and jazz. The ensemble is comprised of young artists and international virtuosos who bring this challenging repertoire to life with enthusiasm and devotion.

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